On Reading

Book-marked People

Reading is sometimes thought of as a form of escapism, and it’s a common turn of phrase to speak of getting lost in a book. But a book can also be where one finds oneself; and when a reader is grasped and held by a book, reading does not feel like an escape from life… Read More Book-marked People

Novels, On Reading

Tolkien’s World

My daughters are becoming pretty knowledgeable Middle Earth historians. Last night at supper they were discussing why Elrond’s brother Elros may have chosen to become human rather than an an elf. Then there followed a comparison of Sauron with Satan. And so on. They get all of this from the appendixes at the back of… Read More Tolkien’s World

Nonfiction, On Reading

Grinding Machine

I’ve had some time to read today and find that I can’t really ingest any more of The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction without pausing to reflect. This excerpt in particular, quoted from Charles Darwin, captures my attention: Up to the age of thirty, or beyond it, poetry of many kinds… gave… Read More Grinding Machine

Bible, On Reading

Change of Pace

Yesterday morning when my husband was in the living room tying his shoes, I heard him chuckle. “Where are we going with all this, Honey?” he asked. He was looking at the book lying open on the couch, the one I’d just started reading: Quantum Physics and Theology. And I was reminded that he is… Read More Change of Pace